Match facts and stats ahead of season finale in Dortmund
All you need to know ahead of our away game vs. BVB on Saturday
1. FSV Mainz 05’s final game of the season is away at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon (15:30 CEST), as they look put a four-match losing streak behind them and make a positive end to the campaign. Meanwhile, BVB are still fighting it out with FC Bayern for the title, and they are in control of their own destiny – a win over the Zerofivers will see them crowned champions.
Facts and stats on #BVBM05
Dangerous from corners
Only Union Berlin have scored more goals from corners than the Zerofivers, who have registered eight goals from the set piece so far this season.
Tempo on both sides
Only two Bundesliga teams cover more ground per game than Mainz (117.1km) and only Wolfsburg register more sprints in a game than FSV. Dortmund are also among the league’s most frequent sprinters (243 per game, one sprint more than Mainz on average).
Mainz have scored 52 goals this season, which surpasses the Expected Goals (xG) value of 49.2.
The Zerofivers can be proud
Looking past their recent run of poor form, Mainz can be happy with what has been an above-average Bundesliga campaign, in which they are guaranteed to finish in either eighth, ninth or tenth place.
Never in the relegation battle
Mainz haven’t dropped below 12th place at any point in the season and have had no relegation worries in 2022/23. The 52 goals Svensson’s side have scored this season equals a club record from the 20110/11 and 2013/14 campaigns, and a singular goal in Dortmund would set a new goal record for a Bundesliga season.
Dortmund en route to the title?
The title will be decided on matchday 34 for the first time since 2018/19, when Bayern were two points ahead of BVB going into the last game of the season. This time around, it’s Dortmund who have the two-point advantage, but – assuming FCB defeat FC Köln - need one more win for the title.
Is Bayern’s dominance coming to an end?
BVB have the chance to end the longest title streak in German football and deny FCB from winning an eleventh consecutive Meisterschale. It would be Dotrmund’s first title since 2012 and the ninth in their history.
Right place, right time
Dortmund reclaimed top spot for just the third time this season with an away win in Augsburg on matchday 33. Other teams to have ended a matchday in first place have been Bayern (22 times), Union Berlin (eight times) and SC Freiburg (once).
The turning of the tide
The Zerofivers won 3-1 at home to Bayern on matchday 29 which allowed Dortmund to top the table. Once again, Mainz could be the deciding factor because an FSV victory could set up Bayern for an eleventh league title in a row.
Points record within touching distance
A win over BVB would put Mainz on 48 points, which would be a new record under head coach Bo Svensson and Mainz’s fourth-best points return in their Bundesliga history.
BVB also have their eyes on a club record
A win for Dortmund would secure them the title and it would also be a club-record-equalling 12th consecutive home win.
Always a chance in Dortmund
Mainz have taken points from three of their last five matches at BVB, winning twice and picking up one draw.